Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thriving in the Process of Creating a Thriving Practice

There are a multitude of people and places where you can go to get advice on building your practice. You can hire a business consultant, read a book on someone else's success story, visit for tips on how to do "pink spoon marketing," and attend networking events to glean insight into what others have learned on their journey. Looking outside yourself, you may find some real wisdom and support and concrete information to aid you in building your practice. But the process of building a thriving business begins by looking inside yourself, with reflection on what you truly wish to create. How do you want to spend your time? What interests you? What topics inspire your passion? If money were not a concern, how would you choose to structure your day and organize your professional life?
Each of us has within an internal compass we can rely upon to guide us at the crossroads we encounter - personally and professionally. By developing our ability to tune in to this inner wisdom, trust our intuition, and make choices that reflect our desires (rather than our fears), we can create a life that sustains and inspires us. When we make conscious choices for our business that reflect our values and interests, rather than reacting based on news of the latest trends, we nourish ourselves - and this, in turn, nourishes our business. Staying connected to our intuition, we can thrive in the process of creating a thriving practice.
Dialoguing with others can be instrumental in helping us discover when our inner dialogue reveals inner wisdom and when it reflects fear. Connection with others also provides a safe environment from which we can take the risks necessary to face our fears and move forward. Those of us who have chosen to devote our lives to being of service to others are often not nearly as good at accepting support as we are at providing it. However, nourishing ourselves through meaningful connection and support can sustain us - and make it more possible to keep giving without feeling depleted in the process.
During this Fall and Winter, I'll begin leading workshops on building a thriving practice, and I'll also begin facilitating a six-month group on building a thriving private practice. This is an opportunity to come together with others who wish to create more prosperity in their professional lives, to dialogue about what works and where we struggle, and to engage in a meaningful process of change. We'll be using Lynn Grodzki's 12 months to your ideal private practice workbook as a resource for the journey. I love her workbook, because she not only provides a ton of useful information but also emphasizes the importance of self-reflection in the process. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please see my website at, call me at 215-542-5004, or send me an email at I look forward to connecting!

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